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Paying it forward: Introducing New Orleans youth to our network

Anna O'Hare
Published on March 29, 2016

Chris Schultz is co-hosting Collision in his hometown of New Orleans in April 2016. He’s Co-Founder and CEO of Launch Pad, a community for entrepreneurs that provides workspace, a network of mentors and educational programming and events. In this guest post, he talks about how he wants to help the New Orleans entrepreneurs of tomorrow – by inviting them. For free.

Collision moving to New Orleans is huge for our city. I’m determined to facilitate as much positive impact on the city as possible with all the great people who will be descending on NOLA in April.

This is about paying it forward. We want to make sure that the next generation of New Orleanians get access to Collision to learn, be inspired, and connect. The next generation of entrepreneurs need access to the content and community at Collision.

We’re also focused on making sure that startup and tech communities are as inclusive and diverse as the city itself. It won’t change overnight, but I want to start by doing what we can right here in New Orleans, my hometown.

So today we are announcing the Collision Scholarship programme. We’ve invited a number of organisations in New Orleans to distribute free tickets to young people who we want to get to Collision.

 We hope that the environment we create at Collision will help the next generation of business leaders in New Orleans see what they can achieve.
We hope that the environment we create at Collision will help the next generation of business leaders in New Orleans see what they can achieve.

Here are the organisations we’re working with.

If you feel we’ve overlooked a deserving organisation, I want to know. Email me at chris@lp.co and tell me who we missed and why they deserve a scholarship to Collision.

See you there.